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Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa, Durban,South Africa
Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa
8 Montreal Road, Glen Anil
P.O. Box 40002, RED HILL
Phone : 27 31 569 2974
Telefax : 27 31 569 3058
Email : [email protected]
The centre was founded in 1942 and was made a branch of
Ramakrishna Mission in March 2007. Swami Sumanasananda is the
President of the centre.
Activities of the Mission centre :
Medical services : Providing specialist medical and surgical services to poor patients by giving consultancy services in 3 state hospitals, 2 private hospitals and 42 medical clinics / camps, conducting general surgery, hip-replacement surgery, cataract operation camps, counselling, health awareness programmes, care-giver training, etc. During the year, 8883 patients were treated, including 244 who underwent surgeries. The centre has a 35-bed home at KwaMashu (Ramakrishna Ethembeni Home) and another 45-bed home at Inanda (Ramakrishna Abalindi Home), both for terminally ill patients. It also runs quarterly veterinary clinics in informal settlements.
Publication of an English quarterly Jyoti, and some booklets in
local languages, Zulu and Afrikaans.
Four one-year certificate courses on Hindu Studies, Bhagavad
Gita Studies and Religious Educare, 114 students appeared for
A research library and a bookshop.
Development of Children and the Youth : Weekly classes on
Hinduism for children (425 children), youth development (120
youths), Karate (30 students), and two annual cultural festivals
for children attended by 1450 students.
Programmes for self-reliance and skill development by sponsoring
students for education and training. A skill-development centre for training in
welding, block-making, sewing etc was constructed in a rural area and a few
government secondary schools were renovated during the year.
Legal Advisory Desk (with 11 advocates), which operates weekly
to provide legal help to senior citizens, orphans and the destitute.
Daily worship, meditation and prayers, arati, reading from
the scriptures, regular classes, discourses, audio-visual
presentations, retreats for adults and children, etc. Shrines are
maintained at seven places viz., Chatsworth, Pietermaritzburg,
Ladysmith, Newcastle, Dundee, Johannesburg and Phoenix.
Celebration of the birthdays of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi,
Swami Vivekananda and other spiritual luminaries, and festivals
like Durga Puja.
At Phoenix, the centre maintains (a) a shrine, (b) a super speciality
clinic, (c) a relief shelter for distressed women and
children, and (d) a family welfare centre, where daily feeding
and nutrition programmes are conducted.
Weekly Senior Citizens Forum for nearby 500 senior citizen.
Additional Photos of the Activities of the Centre:
Three family welfare centres at Phoenix, Chatsworth and Ladysmith from where humanitarian services are rendered among indigent communities.
W S A R C H
I V E
This information on Centre's activities is collected from
The General Report of Ramakrishna Math and
Ramakrishna Mission, July 2016.
(From April 2014 to March 2015)